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251 Waltham St
Lexington, MA 02421

(781) 861-2320
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3 stars
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August 05, 2014
The much touted academics are commendable, but not as extraordinary as one might think. Brilliant kids and some over zealous parents tend to present a marvelous image of the school. The down side of the over the top academics is that the kids are often over pressured to achieve, instead of learn and grow in a healthy manner. For the most part the school is good. The administration is clearly political and periodically engages in unethical behavior. Like, instructing a minor to file a frivolous complaint very wrong. That the principal and superintendent support such misconduct is deeply concerning. Endorsing alienation of the children from family. The school has repeatedly been found non-compliant with DoE regulations. The administration claims that they were confused and unable to communicate sufficiently to determine the law.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
It's funny that most of the negative reviews are also ungrammatical. This suggests, unsurprisingly, that the parents' education level will have some bearing on their perception of this school.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2013
We moved to historic and expensive Lexington, MA for the famous school system. The middle schools are great. However, the high school is a major disappointment. Half of the honors/AP teachers can not or would not teach. Our AP Bio and Honor's Algebra 2 teachers are so bad that everyone complains but the department heads defend them and berate the parents and kids. LHS is great ONLY because of the great parent and student body. If you have an average kid and not the money to hire a tutor, your child may sink and nobody would notice.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2012
Terrible school. doesn't know how to take care of its students. the worst school ever. nightmare.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
LHS offers great competition in classes that encourage students to work harder. Most classes are challenging and interesting, and most teachers are great. There is very little bullying. I love LHS

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2011
This is a great atmosphere for learning and advancing in my child's studies. I am greatly impressed by the friendly staff and their willingness to help any student in need. It is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2010
LHS is a great school and success depends on how much work the student wants to take on. There should be more support for high performers who are serious about their education and future. Even if a kid gets all A's, there is little direction given to ensure that he/she is taking all of the steps necessary in a timely way to prepare for college. I have been told by Guidance to just go to the college board web site for college planning. With so many smart kids, the school needs to help them stand out so that they are competitive with kids falling in the top 10% of lower ranking public schools in the area. Although necessary, Guidance seems to focus on the bad behavior in the schools, and not enough attention is given to the kids at the top.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2010
I am a junior in Lexington High School and I take all honors and AP courses except for one level one course. Lexington High School is made up of kids in three categories: the achievers, the average students, and the slackers. Most of my classmates would be classified as achievers because they understand that LHS is a highly competitive school and one must be in the top 10-20% to get into a top college. The average students also understand that good grades are necessary to get into a good college, but they just don't try as hard. Like every school, there will be slackers (as well as drug users and smokers). Many of the kids in my level one class would fall under the slacker category. As for the teachers, most of the honors and AP teachers are pretty good. Many of the level 1 teachers are below par though.

- submitted by a student
March 31, 2010
LHS in little way lives up to its reputation. As an average student with above average IQ- my son fell through the cracks. Repeated requests for testing/support for his learning difficulties fell on deaf ears. Fruitless communication with teacher to improve in a failing a courses he was proficient in at his previous schools- met with smug reply that Lexington holds to a higher standard. In fact the teacher was novice, his classmates were rambunctious and entitled creating a chaotic environment for learning- and there was no follow up or mediation to resolve and actually HELP my son. l Later I learned my son was being harassed and intimidated by classmates and this went unaddressed. LHS has a serious, and acknowledged problem with drug use- further alienating kids who choose not to partake. Only reason for 2 stars is great guidance. Terrible progress notes through out year, so no partnership with

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
LHS has been a disappointment for me and my kid. It's too big and unwelcoming; it seems unaccepting of kids who don't fit into particular categories; it's an academic grind that most often than not, teaches to the tests; and there has been huge teacher turnover so there are many inexperienced teachers afoot. It is hard to know what my kid's experience would have been elsewhere, but it has been a very inhospitable experience for my child. I regret subjecting my kid to such an unpleasant experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
This has been the perfect school for my child!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2010
As far as public schools go, LHS is and will continue to be one of the best. It rigorously prepares you for college, but at the cost of extreme stress and frustration during high school itself. I agree with the others that the administration and faculty are cold, and the kids 'in the middle' slip through the cracks. For all the funding that goes into the school, you certainly do not see it. Teachers are mediocre at best, with very few exceptional ones. Competition is fierce, but not cutthroat. You feel lost and confused. LHS is a school for the exceptional. If you're mediocre, just go to a private or easier school.

- submitted by a student
November 27, 2009
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October 24, 2009
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October 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
This school is exceptional in terms of caliber. Courses are notoriously challenging at the AP/Honors level. There, the emphasis is on the learning rather than the homework. As a result, many of the courses have grading systems such as a grades being 90% tests or 75% tests + 25% labs. However, the school system is cold on the surface. There is no hand-holding, and students are expected to seek help independently. Teachers are warm when you do seek help, however, but most will act indifferent otherwise. I agree, there is a huge step-down between Honors and Level 1. I am a straight AP/Honors student, with one level 1 class only after my counselor informed me that I was taking too many credits. Level 1 is crowd control on many fronts, and work rarely is finished. There is no organization and many kids on the Level 1 track are undisciplined.

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
Way overrated and inflated. Average kids will suffer here. Drugs and bullying ... is pervasive.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2009
As an all AP/Hon student at LHS, I do feel the pressure to excel in schoolwork often from mainly peer-to-peer competition. The teachers understand us and encourage us; oftentimes a wonderful role model themselves. Generally the school is great to be in because if you choose to be competitive or not and if you choose the latter, well, it's okay. Honest, the responsible adults there barely judge you... it's you judging yourself.

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2009
LHS offers a wealth of programs, but only for those who pursue them, not jsut the gifted. Much like college, you get what you put into it. The honors track is superb, but the level 1 and below are a HUGE step down. I was in both honors and level one classes while there. It is very liberal, but parents need to take responsibility for the children and stop crying about 'how the school does too little.' Not a great place for undisciplined students, but parents can counter act that. SCHOOLS DO NOT DO EVERYTHING!

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2008
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November 18, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
June 25, 2008
Like most high-performing public schools, LHS is often criticized for not doing enough for students 'in the middle.' That criticism is justified; it addresses a problem in US public education that is not unique to this school or this town. If you can afford a really good private school, it will have smaller classes and more individual attention to your 'middle' student than any public school. Lexington, as public school systems go, is one of the best.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 23, 2008
Lexington High School is an extremely liberal school run by an extremely liberal administration and seems to gain it reputation only by its being in the affluent community of Lexington. The school does receive a large amount of funding from the town but what they do with it for each student is an unknown. If you are not an exceptional student then you seem to be just pushed through. Yes the students score high on state exams but I feel that is because people with exceptional students come from different areas to specifically get their children into the school due to that reputation. The school s safety is very below average. The school is open campus and does not control who is coming onto or leaving the site. The school does have an incredible athletics program if your child is into sports.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
The highly competitive environment at LHS undermines the confidence and closes doors for students who fail to fit into a very narrow and increasingly outdated mould of academic achievement. I addition, the school's neglect of student's emotional, safety, and health needs creates young adults who, even if they are among those who make it to Harvard or MIT, are ill prepared to deal with the realities of life.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
Those who believe that Lexington HS only caters to the prodigies or special needs is just wrong. Where do you get in life without competition? In LHS, to achieve you must work hard, an important quality needed in life. Sure, the years are rough with all the academic pressure, but the result is great. You end up getting into the best schools because of that pressure and hard work. After all, ten percent go onto Ivy League, and more go to 'Tier 1' schools. I think that's good enough.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2008
i moved to lexington when i was in middle school, and attended LHS, and moving to lexington was the best thing my parents ever did for me... and it is a very nice school over all... it is a good enviroment to be in.

- submitted by a student
January 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2008
Great school with one of the highest SAT scores in the state!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2007
LHS will allow anyone who has excelled to continue to do so. It is very competitive, however, both within the student body and toward other schools. An above-average student at LHS could be top of the class in most of the nations' other schools.

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2007
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August 19, 2007
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June 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 29, 2007
People often say LHS serves the kids who are extremely gifted and those who have special needs the best. Well I beg to differ. I think LHS fails many special needs children because they have staff that are not properly trained in their area of expertise trying to help children with serious disabilities that they do not understand. I also think that LHS fails many gifted children who are outside the box creative thinkers and who do better with quality versus quantity.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2006
For the money that it costs to live in Lexington and the high percentage of that money that goes into the school, the quality doen't match up with the reputation an image of this highly snobby school. My daughters are struggling and are planning on becoming choice students in Acton-Boxborough next year. Generally poor teacher quality.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 03, 2006
While I agree with parents' assessments of the inflation of the school's aura, I disagree with their opinion that LHS caters to the very bright. Surely it has a reputation for doing so, and so it attracts such intelligent students to its campus, but it does little to actually advance their knowledge in any subject. In fact, most of the teachers are mediocre at best, and yet they teach high-level subjects, leaving many students lost and disoriented. I myself have taken several AP courses at LHS, but I have not found all of the teachers exceptionally interested in the subjects they teach or exceptionally enthusiastic in class. LHS feeds off its own students' competition, using it to promote its own image while leaving those who can't compete in the dust.

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2006
LHS is massively overrated. We have our third child in 10th grade right now, deciding whether to stay or leave. The first graduated after substantial give and take on both sides, and recently graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University. He now rates it highly but was very frustrated while there. Our second dropped out in 10th grade, only partly the fault of the school, and has yet to return to school. Compared to other public schools, it's not bad. Compared to what it could be with its resources, it fares poorly. Teachers range from superb to indifferent to awful. There is a lot of entitled pettiness, especially in the music program. The honors track is better than levels 1 or 2, but nothing is as good as claimed. After spending so much money to live here, no one wants to hear of any deficiencies.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
I agree that this school caters to prodogies and special needs only. The social indoctrination at this school has been extremely detrimental to the acedmic excellence it once enjoyed. (Check Newsweek's national ranking of public high shcools!) I took my two teenagers out of this school and my two elementary students will not continue in Lexington public schools after 5th grade. For the exhorbitant taxes that we pay, all students should feel welcome and respected but that holds true only if you spew the ultra liberal party line. My 17 year old 'homme schooled' herself rather than go for senior year and her SAT scores rose by 300 points...she even received a perfect 800 in one category once she got out of the intensely charged, negative atmoshpere of Lexington High.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2005
This school is great if you child is very bright/eager student or if your child is in need of intensive assistance. The kids in the middle are lost. Emotions running amuck, more out of control teachers than students. Very few average students allowed to participate in extracurricular activities--stars only and there are many. Vast majority of parents are aloof and above the frey--main reason why school is hindered in assisting all types of students.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
Outstanding academic programs with wealth of excellent music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities Parent involvement is very high

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2005
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Lexington High School
251 Waltham St, Lexington, MA  02421
(781) 861-2320
Last modified Lexington High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lexington High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews.